Funeral home set to expand
WARWICK Funerals is undergoing a facelift with construction now under way on its Willi St premises.
The family-owned company has been given the green light to revamp current facilities to include state-of-the-art audio-visual features for presenting photographic tributes, web-steaming facilities, a multi-purpose centre and chapel.
Co-director Don Burstow said the update in facilities was essential to meet the diverse needs of people in Warwick and surrounds.
"We understand that the loss of a loved one is a very difficult time for families and we aim to make services as seamless and stress-free as possible, while ensuring the ceremony honours life and is helpful to those who mourn," Mr Burstow said.
The new chapel will seat up to 140 people and will feature a live web-streaming facility to allow relatives who can't travel to a service to still be part of proceedings.
"There will also be an area where people can join together and have a cuppa afterwards," Mr Burstow said.
"Our aim is to create options and our new facilities will tie the service together for families and friends to honour a life well lived."
The project is set to provide opportunities for local trades, services and employment with Mr Burstow reiterating the company's commitment to the Warwick community.
"We want to engage and connect with the communities we serve," he said.
"We are very mindful of supporting local workers, buying locally and understanding the needs of the people."
Warwick Funerals manager Stephen Wilson said the new facilities would fill a void.
"It's something that has been badly needed for years so it will be great for the community," Mr Wilson said.
"It has been a long process, about 12 months, but the end result will be great."
Construction works are to be completed in about six weeks, with the new facilities expected to open in September.